We want seniors and people with disabilities to be able to live safely and independently in the homes and communities they love. We provide free home safety inspections and a wide variety of handy person services that help maintain homes inside and out, and provide things like shopping, meal prep, and companionship for those who need them. Most of these jobs are done by retirees, who either volunteer their time or earn just $12/hr for what they do. This model has worked for us for over 22 years, and helped thousands of older homeowners age in place.
Of the approximately 500 households we serve, over 150 are low-income. They find themselves juggling grocery and medical bills with other essential expenses, like taxes and utilities. In many cases there just isn't anything left over for things like home maintenance. This has an impact not only on their self-esteem and quality of life, but can sometimes be dangerous and almost always leads to much more costly problems as time goes on.
For the past few years we've been working hard to raise funds so these seniors can take care of their homes...and their self esteem. We've helped with essential repairs like plumbing, electrical work, painting, and carpentry work, along with more routine jobs. There is always more to do!
Our DME (Durable Medical Equipment) library offers free assistance to seniors who need a piece of medical equipment and can't get that item through their insurance or due to financial restraints. Depending on the particular loan closet, the equipment may be loaned out for a set period of time, for as long as the person needs it, or in some cases it may be given away. When the equipment is returned, it must go through a sanitation process and safety check assessment. This is required in order to be made available for the next person. The medical equipment available varies from one loan closet to another.
We also accept donations of medical equipment from individuals and facilities no longer using those items. Those items are sanitized in order to prepare them for distribution for those in need. We are proudly serving the San Fernando Valley area. Any assistance that is able to be donated, will aide our goal in helping others in need and improving their quality of life.
Friends of Hospice is nearing the completion of the New Serenity House located at 421 North High Street in Morristown. We are in need of funds to finish the renovations so that we can move in this summer and take care of more Seniors at the end of life.
Benedictine Health Center of Minneapolis Outdoor Beautification Project
by Benedictine Health Center of Minneapolis
The Benedictine Health Center Minneapolis (BHCM) is raising funds for an outdoor beautification project that would make our enclosed patio space more life-giving and calming for relaxation, quiet time, visiting, eating and reflection. We believe that improved landscaping to our patio would uplift our seniors and patients at many levels of health and recovery.
BHCM is located on the southeastern edge of downtown Minneapolis, in a culturally and economically diverse area known as Elliot Park. Patients receive a variety of care from us including respiratory and ventilator care, short-term rehabilitation and palliative care. Underlying the range of medical conditions the facility deals with is the prevalence of patients who demonstrate challenging behaviors due to mental illness or substance abuse.
Through our care and programming, we strive to open doors to beauty and fun for each person as they deal with their challenges and health issues. Trio Landscaping is partnering with us to bring this project alive for our residents and families. They donated their expertise and service by giving us a landscaping plan and are helping us lean into their network and relationships to secure other donations and assistance.